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  B-24D-65-CO "Miss Giving" Serial Number A72-4  
RAAF
No. 7 OTU

Former Assignments:
USAAF
5th AF
380th BG
528th BS


McNeil Sept 3, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 1566. Delivered to the U. S. Army (USAAF) as B-24D-65-CO Liberator serial number 42-40489. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 380th Bomb Group (380th BG), 528th Bomb Squadron (528th BS). Nicknamed "Miss Giving" with the nose art of a woman wearing a night gown and high heels holding an aerial bomb in one hand and the other behind her head. This bomber flew a total of 27 combat missions.

On February 15, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Liberator serial number A72-1. Assigned to No. 7 Operational Training Unit (OTU) at Tocumwal Airfield.

On October 2, 1944 while parked in a hanger at Tocumwal Airfield damaged by an accidental fire along with Liberators A72-1. Afterwards, both aircraft were written off and converted to components.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-65-CO Liberator - B-24D-65-CO Liberator 42-40489
"40489 served first with 380th BG, 528th BS. To RAAF as A72-4. Damaged in hangar fire at Tocumwal Oct 2, 1944."
ADF Serials - B-24 Liberator A72-4
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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March 3, 2020

 

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